UACCB COVID-19 Update March 27, 2020

Posted Date - 3/27/20

The UACCB administration, faculty and staff would like to remind all students to accept the guidelines and directives that will be required to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include practicing regular hand washing, social distancing, and to limit social gatherings to groups of fewer than 10 people. We must all do our part to ensure the safety of our friends, family and neighbors.

As spring break begins to draw to an end, and in an effort to keep students, faculty and staff informed, UACCB has not received notification of any confirmed employee or student cases of COVID-19 at the present time. Please be reminded it is extremely important to use reliable sources to verify all information.

On March 30, UACCB will resume classes via remote learning and will continue to utilize Blackboard to access courses through April 17. To provide support for student learning, the Row Johns Library and the Student Success Center will be open (8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.) for student access. The requirement for social distancing will be strictly enforced and student access will be limited to 10 students at a time. When entering the facilities, students will be expected to identify any health concerns.

Additionally, a significant announcement has been made regarding financial aid. At the state level, Director Maria Markham, Arkansas Division of Higher Education, announced that “…due to the public health emergency, the department will suspend the continuing eligibility requirements for the spring semester for any student enrolled in the appropriate number of credit hours the week prior to spring break. This includes both GPA and credit hour requirements.” View the announcement from the ADHE here.

It is uncertain as to how long this new “normal” will continue. UACCB has and will continue to rely on Governor Hutchinson and our local leaders to provide guidance in this area.

There is one thing that is certain. UACCB students, faculty, and staff are a resilient group of individuals that form a tremendously talented team. As Helen Keller said, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.”


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Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday that he will not renew the statewide mask mandate that expires at midnight tonight; however, school districts, private businesses, and medical facilities may still require patrons to wear masks as a preventative measure against the spread of COVID-19 under the revised guidelines. The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will maintain mask use and social distancing protocols on campus through the end of the spring semester. During its meeting on Friday, March 19, 2021, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee discussed the topic of continuing the mask mandate on campus after the statewide mandate expires March 31. Campus constituents, including representatives from the faculty senate, staff senate, Student Government Association and the cabinet were involved in the discussion. It was agreed that continuing to follow mask use and social distancing protocols was in the best interest of the campus community.

 

On Friday, March 26, 2021, the campus reported its fifth straight week of having zero positive self-reported cases of COVID-19 associated with the campus. Our students, faculty, and staff have shown outstanding diligence in wearing face coverings and social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The campus community is asked to continue in its diligence to keep members of campus safe and healthy, not only for the benefit of campus but our community as well.



View COVID-19 updates HERE.

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